Jimmy Gabriel - Brentford FC - RIP

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RIP.

Our loan signing of Jimmy in 1974 was the first transfer made by fax to the Football League. Before then, you had to either post the forms or travel in person to the Football League HQ in Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire.
 

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RIP.

I remember Jimmy scoring a goal for the Bees once - he was playing for Southampton at the time. A testimonial game around 1971.
 

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Remember seeing him play in John Bond's Bournemouth side against us and was pleased when he came to us as he brought a great deal of experience at the time. RIP Jimmy.
 

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Played for us at a very low point in our history.

RIP Jimmy.
 

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I think it was watching Gabriel at GP that made me realise tactics and the ability to read the game were key to a decent team. I had a ST in a good position central in Breamar Road that season and you could really see what was going on. We had sold our stand-out player, Stewart Houston, and were heading out of the League when Gabriel was signed on loan, old, slow but experienced. We switched things around with a few youngsters in the mix.

It appeared to my untutored eye that he just stood in the centre circle and the players were told to pass the ball to him and do what he wanted them to do. He would receive the ball and just point one of the youngsters to run in behind and he passed it with real accuracy, only moving a few paces in one direction or another. The team dynamic just changed as he was the puppeteer, orchestrating previously headless chickens.

Of course, this is a very rose-tinted view but we went on a run of actually winning games, after being relegated the previous season I think, and ended the season a way off the bottom. In those few months, he really changed the team's fortunes.

Thanks and RIP, Jimmy.
 

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A really great signing at the time and a great player to watch.

Rest in Peace Jimmy and thanks for some fantastic memories.
 

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A really great signing at the time and a great player to watch.

Rest in Peace Jimmy and thanks for some fantastic memories.
He is an Everton legend...top quality,play anywhere,never gave anything less than 100%.His manager was Harry Catterick who demanded the highest standards and Gabriel was one of his most reliable players.His short time at Griffin Park helped stabilise BFC at a very difficult time in its history.A sad loss.
 

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RIP.

Our loan signing of Jimmy in 1974 was the first transfer made by fax to the Football League. Before then, you had to either post the forms or travel in person to the Football League HQ in Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire.
I had never even seen a Fax before about 1982

Did the club own one? or did they go to the local bureau?
 

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I had never even seen a Fax before about 1982

Did the club own one? or did they go to the local bureau?
A bureau in central London apparently. One of my colleagues has never seen one at all, having been born in 1997. :oops:
 

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Without him the Club's history could have been different; worse . . . . . . . .; the low point in my lifetime was Mike Everitt's Team and Squad after NY 1974 and by the middle of February NL Football at GP seemed to me to be not only possible but on the cards; those eight or maybe nine games he played for us were the catalyst to survival; he was a class, class act in the Fourth Division and he had a huge impact on a rudderless team; it is sad to hear of his passing.
 

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Without him the Club's history could have been different; worse . . . . . . . .; the low point in my lifetime was Mike Everitt's Team and Squad after NY 1974 and by the middle of February NL Football at GP seemed to me to be not only possible but on the cards; those eight or maybe nine games he played for us were the catalyst to survival; he was a class, class act in the Fourth Division and he had a huge impact on a rudderless team; it is sad to hear of his passing.
Even if we had finished in the bottom 4 we would never have not been re-elected … the likes of Hartlepool and Crewe were getting re-elected year in year out in those days!
 
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I had never even seen a Fax before about 1982

Did the club own one? or did they go to the local bureau?
RIP Jimmy. The Bees did nt have a fax right up to the late 1980s oiks like me were dispatched from the club up to the FA then in Lancaster Gate. They faxed the registration papers to the FL at Lytham St Anns.
 
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